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05.13.07 - Some people reported problems accessing the "Mnemosyne Bound" article.  I've reformatted it.  It's available here.  (you'll still need the id & password).
05.10.07 - Despite what your syllabus says, there is NO NEED TO CONTACT ME ABOUT ATTENDANCE BONUS.  I have to go over every grade for the quizzes, so I will check everyone's attendance at the same time (recall that quizzes are the mechanism by which attendance is tracked).  DO NOT EMAIL ME ASKING WHETHER YOU ATTENDED EVERY CLASS.  If you didn't, you should know.  Likewise, you don't need me to tell you whether or not you "knew" the answers to each little one question quiz.  If you knew most of them, then your quiz grade is good.  If you didn't, then it is not.  CHEATING ON MINUTE QUIZZES DISQUALIFIES YOU FOR THE ATTENDANCE BONUS because I discard the quiz completely - this was announced before every quiz since the midterm.  If you need to ask me whether or not you were ever caught cheating, then assume the worst (fyi: if you need to ask, that means you did cheat and just aren't sure whether I caught you or not.  ergo: DON'T ASK!)

 

05.09.07 - Final exam help: you should know the major events and who did what from the myths you've studied this semester.  You should also be able to recognize depictions (ancient and modern) of some of the more recognizable events, specifically those that I TOLD YOU THAT YOU SHOULD RECOGNIZE DURING CLASS.  Finally, here's a list of topics that may or may not be addressed in the final ;-)
  • Be prepared to compare and contrast major themes in the Iliad and Odyssey

  • Be prepared to discuss the ways in which boundaries for human civilization, proper human conduct, are delineated and defined in the stories that you’ve read over the course of the semester?

  • Be prepared to discuss/explain the condition(s) of human knowledge and the world in which they live in the myths you’ve read this semester.

  • Be prepared to discuss the material discuss in the presentation “Mnemosyne Bound” (available at ancientearth.org/clc105/).  Specifically the discussion about the thematic differences between Iliad and Troy should be studied.  Form your own specific opinion as to why such differences might exist.

  • Be prepared to explain the relationship(s) between savage, civilized, and divine in the myths that you’ve studied over the course of the semester.

 

04.03.07 - New page for essay responses.  entertain yourself.  maybe learn a l'il sum sum.
Oh! and if you haven't taken the test yet, guess which essay questions you WON'T have to choose from. ;-)

 

03.30.07 -

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New page for minute quiz answers.  entertain yourself.  learn from your mistakes.  etc., etc., and so on and so forth.
STUDENTS MUST ENTER THEIR STUDENT ID# PROPERLY AND BRING THEIR SUNYCARD PHOTO ID OR ELSE THEIR EXAM WILL NOT BE GRADED AND WILL BE SCORED ZERO CREDIT.

 

03.26.07 - For all you 300 lovers, I direct your attention to this PA strip.

 

03.13.07 - There are review materials available for the midterm at www.ancientearth.org/clc105.  The directory is password protected.  For (obvious) security reasons, the password is not posted here.  See me in class for it.  Remember that there are also power point presentations in the resources section of this site that you should review.

 

03.06.07 - I've spoken with the bookstore and the publisher.  Those of you with defective copies of The Essential Homer (trans. Stanley Lombardo) may now exchange them for complete versions without a receipt.  The only hitch is that the bookstore only had 11 "good" copies of the book left.  They've ordered more.  But it's first come, first served.  In the mean time, I will post direct links to other translations of the Iliad and Odyssey on the Resources page.

 

02.13.07 - Class cancelled for Wednesday, February 14.  The reading schedule, however, remains unchanged. 

 

01.23.07 - fixed cell width issues.

Course Information

This web site is the a working syllabus and resource center for the multiple sections of CLC 105 - Myths of the Greek World.  This IS the syllabus for two sections of CLC 105 in spring 2007.  The courses are identical, differing only in time and section number -- different exams too ;-).  All information on this site pertains to both sections unless otherwise specified.  The URL: http://www.albany.edu/faculty/dg6349/CLC105_SP07/

Click here for a printable copy of the syllabus in Microsoft Word (.doc) format.

Sections

catalog number: CLC 105
section:
8864
meets:
MW, 2:45pm-4:05pm in Lecture Center 7
instructor:
Daniel Gremmler
graded: A-E
credits: 3
semester: spring 2007
final exam: Wednesday, May 16, 8:00am-10:00am

catalog number: CLC 105
section:
8865
meets:
MW, 4:15pm-5:35pm in Lecture Center 7
instructor:
Daniel Gremmler
graded: A-E
credits: 3
semester: spring 2007
final exam: Wednesday, May 16, 10:30am-12:30pm

Contact Information

I strongly suggest that you contact me by e-mail or face-to-face.  The phone number listed below is the department number and will likely not reach me with any haste.  Likewise, the department (snail) mailbox is haphazardly checked.  Email, on the other hand, is monitored daily. 

name: Daniel Gremmler
office: FA 121 (Visual Resources Library)
office hours: MW 1pm-2pm
phone: 442-4020
email: dg6349@albany.edu  (recommended)

 

Course Description & Requirements

Overview

Myths of the Greek World is a survey of the origin and development of the major myths of ancient Greece.  There are no prerequisites, and the course is suitable for majors in Greek and Roman Civilization, English, History as well as non-majors with an interest in the study of mythology and/or ancient history.  As the title indicates, this course is focused on Greek mythology.  The mythology of Greece was a fluid entity in the ancient world, and the Greeks were in constant contact with other cultures that "borrowed" from the Greeks as much as the Greeks "borrowed" from them, but the focus of this course is on the Greek aspects of these "shared" mythologies.  This iteration of CLC 105 covers the full gamut of Greek myth: from the Archaic to the Hellenistic.  More accurately,  the time period of our sources is between the 700s B.C.E. (Homer) and 200 C.E. (Apollodorus), approximately 1000 years.  We will read from a wide range of sources: epic poetry from Homer and Hesiod, sixth and fifth century odes, excerpts from fifth century tragedy, and prose authors ranging from Herodotus in the fifth century B.C.E. to Apollodorus in the second century C.E. (our only source for the Hellenistic age - some 400 years after many of its sources).  We will also explore ancient and modern depictions of mythological events and persons, primarily as they are depicted in ancient sculpture and painting as well as modern media.

Before we jump into the myths themselves, we will spend some time narrowing down what exactly the term "myth" means and how it functioned in the Greek world as well as how it functions in our own.  The myths we will analyze hinge, to some extent, upon the understandings we will develop at the beginning of the semester as they simultaneously challenge and (re)shape that understanding.  Thus, while the overt purpose of studying Greek myth is to foster an understanding of a distinctly foreign, historically removed culture (ancient Greek mythic thought), it should also cause us to recognize the many components of our culture that we share in common with ancient Greece.  This often ambiguous and ambivalent relationship between 21st century America and ancient Greece is demonstrated in the term "myth" itself.  As is the case with many words in the English language, "myth" is a Greek word, and while it's meaning has changed - both during its usage in ancient Greece and the 20th century "Western World" - our usage of it continues to reflect its ancient meaning(s) despite the simultaneous and paradoxical denial of those meanings.  In a very real sense, then, the study of Greek myth(s) will demand a constant reassessment of how we define myth today - both what we mean when say "myth" and how "myths" function in societies, ancient and modern.

Required Texts

  • Apollodorus, The Library of Greek Mythology. Oxford Edition: 1999.  ISBN: 0192839241

  • Brunet, Smith, Trzaskoma (eds.).  Anthology of Classical Myth. Hackett Edition: 2004.  ISBN: 0872207218

  • Lombardo. The Essential Homer: Selections.  Hackett Edition: 2000.  ISBN: 0872205401

select readings (in PDF or HTML format) will be posted on the course web site (http://www.albany.edu/faculty/dg6349/CLC105_SP07/).  Students are expected to periodically download and read this material.  I suggest that you print these files or buy a copy of the plays in paperback; although no additional purchases are required.

Student Expectations

Students are expected to attend class regularly and ON TIME; pay attention in class; take notes; keep up with assigned readings; successfully complete midterm and final exams; participate in class; and complete any miscellaneous assignments in a timely fashion.  If you need to use the bathroom, do so BEFORE, not during, class.  If you cannot hold your urine for an hour and a half, then there is something seriously wrong, and you need to see a doctor about your incontinence problem immediately.  Cell phones are NOT to be used during class.  Put your phones on vibrate or, better yet, TURN THEM OFF.  Do not get up during the middle of class to take a phone call.  Students should not be going in and/or out of the lecture center doors for any reason during lectures.  It is extremely obnoxious, annoying and disrespectful.  DO NOT DO IT. 

Students must come to class ready to learn (i.e., take notes & ask questions).  This includes bringing the proper materials: pen/pencil, a notebook, a copy of the previous night's reading.  This all seems like common sense stuff, but believe you me, it needs to be stated. 

Grading

Grading is pretty simple.  The midterm, final exam and periodic pop quizzes make-up 100% of your grade.  But there is a bonus: if you attend every class, I will raise your grade 10% (the equivalent of a whole letter grade - so a B would become an A).  Attendance will be tracked via "minute quizzes" at the end of class.  The answers to these questions are  your quiz grade, and they also serve as attendance monitors.  At the end of the semester, if you believe you have maintained perfect attendance, you must notify me during the last day of class.  I will then verify that you took every "minute quiz" of the semester and answered at least 60% of them correctly.  If you did, then you will be awarded the 10% bonus.  This is an extremely valuable bonus.  It will only be awarded to those students who go out of their way to attend EVERY CLASS (or at least every class I quiz you).  This means that if you have to miss a class for a legitimate reason (e.g., a family member died or you had a doctor's appointment or you missed a class to compete in an athletic event or religious service), then the fundamental fact remains that you did not attend every class and, therefore, will not earn the 10% bonus.  We only meet two days a week and this extra 10% is a BONUS.  Alternatively, if you provide adequate DOCUMENTATION for excusable absences (and those are your ONLY absences) then you may apply for a 5% bonus.  Adequate documentation usually entails a letter from the Dean's Office asking that a student be allowed to make-up the work for a legitimate absence or, for example, a similar letter from athletic support services (the latter must be supplied far in advance of the absence(s) in question).  These are my terms.  They will not change.

  • midterm (40%)

  • final (40%)

  • quizzes & miscellaneous assignments (20%)

  • attendance (bonus 5-10%)

 

Examination policies

If I even see a cell phone or any electronic device during an exam, then the student in question will automatically fail the exam in question.  Failure of either exam, incidentally, entails failure of the entire course (40%).

Do not bring books, bags (including pocket books), hats or other extra material into the lecture center on the day of a scheduled exam.  If you do, they must be left at the bottom of the room for the duration of the test.  Anyone found in violation of this policy will automatically fail the exam in question.  All that is required on the day of the exam is a pen or pencil (ideally a couple of them - just in case).

 

Schedule

The schedule is subject to change.  Check the web site (http://www.albany.edu/faculty/dg6349/CLC105_SP07/schedule.htm) regularly for updates - especially if you are ABSENT and may have missed a revision to the schedule  announced in class.

 

General Education Requirement

CLC105 - Myths of the Greek World satisfies the general education requirement for disciplinary practices in Humanities.  Humanities courses teach students to analyze and interpret texts, ideas, artifacts, and discourse systems, and the human values, traditions, and beliefs that they reflect.

  1. Humanities courses enable students to demonstrate knowledge of the assumptions, methods of study, and theories of at least one of the disciplines within the humanities.

    Depending on the discipline, humanities courses will enable students to demonstrate some or all of the following:
     

  2. an understanding of the objects of study as expressions of the cultural contexts of the people who created them

  3. an understanding of the continuing relevance of the objects of study to the present and to the world outside the university

  4. an ability to employ the terms and understand the conventions particular to the discipline

  5. an ability to analyze and assess the strengths and weaknesses of ideas and positions along with the reasons or arguments that can be given for and against them

  6. an understanding of the nature of the texts, artifacts, ideas, or discourse of the discipline and of the assumptions that underlie this understanding, including those relating to issues of tradition and canon

 

Academic Dishonesty & Plagiarism

Plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty (e.g., cheating on quizzes/exams) are serious offenses. Students found to be in blatant violation of the university’s policies will be reported to the dean’s office per university regulations and receive a failing grade (a zero, in fact) for the assignment in question. A second offense will result in automatic failure of the course. Plagiarism is representing another person’s work as your own. This (obviously) includes buying a paper or having someone else write your paper, but it also means you have to be careful to CITE the information that you use in your paper and that you know how/when to use quotations and paraphrases.  Cheating on exams is often, although not always, a form of plagiarism - although both practices are equally condemned by the university, so don't do it!

Plagiarism as defined in the Undergraduate Bulletin:

Presenting as one’s own work the work of another person (for example, the words, ideas, information, data, evidence, organizing principles, or style of presentation of someone else). Plagiarism includes paraphrasing or summarizing without acknowledgment, submission of another student’s work as one’s own, the purchase of prepared research or completed papers or projects, and the unacknowledged use of research sources gathered by someone else. Failure to indicate accurately the extent and precise nature of one’s reliance on other sources is also a form of plagiarism. The student is responsible for understanding the legitimate use of sources, the appropriate ways of acknowledging academic, scholarly, or creative indebtedness, and the consequences for violating University regulations.


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